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30/5/2024
Visitor Levy Bill Passed By Scottish Parliament And Highland Council Welcomes It
MSPs have backed legislation giving councils a new power to introduce a visitor levy that would raise funding for local visitor facilities and services.   The Visitor Levy (Scotland) Bill will enable local authorities to apply a levy on overnight stays with all money raised to be reinvested in services and facilities largely used by tourists and business visitors.  
30/5/2024
Draft Community Wealth Building Strategy - Your Chance To Have Your SayThumbnail for article : Draft Community Wealth Building Strategy - Your Chance To Have Your Say
The Highland Council has today (Wednesday 29 May 2024) launched a survey to capture comments on its' draft strategy on Community Wealth Building.   Community Wealth Building provides an alternative approach to economic development and a practical response that aims to keep wealth within a local area.  
28/5/2024
School Numbers Dropping According To Council ForecastsThumbnail for article : School Numbers Dropping According To Council Forecasts
On Thursday 30 May 2024 the Education committee of Highland Council will be updated on the 15-year School Roll Forecasts (SRFs) that were published in April 2024 and the recent work undertaken to support the roll forecasting and school capacity modelling processes.  There will be a presentation at the Committee meeting that will provide more information, including graphics to illustrate current statistics and future trends.  
26/5/2024
Early Learning And Childcare Job Opportunities Across Highland
Have you considered a rewarding job working with young children within your community? The Highland Council is recruiting for permanent and fixed term posts commencing in August 2024.  Our Early Learning Centre (ELC) settings are varied in size due to the rural and urban settings.  
24/5/2024
Leader highlights investment opportunities in Highland to delegates at major international event
The Leader of The Highland Council Cllr Raymond Bremner highlighted important investment opportunities in the region at this week's UK Real Estate Investment and Infrastructure Forum (UKREiiF).   The Leader and Allan Maguire, Highland Council’s Head of Development & Regeneration attended this week’s event in Leeds as part of a delegation from the Scottish Cities Alliance.  
17/5/2024
Focus On Tourism As Representatives Gather
Yesterday, Thursday 16 May, representatives from the tourism sector in the Highlands gathered in Inverness to take part in a Sustainable Tourism Strategy Workshop hosted by The Highland Council.   The meeting, which was well attended with representatives from across Highland and different interests, follows the launch of the Council's public consultation on its Draft Sustainable Tourism Strategy.  
16/5/2024
Helping Clear School Meal Debt In Scotland
First Minister John Swinney has confirmed the opening of a £1.5 million fund to support councils in removing the impact of school meal debt from families across the country.   Mr Swinney said this commitment will help ensure no child is penalised for struggling to pay for school meals as a result of the cost of living crisis.  
15/5/2024
Highland Council Has The Biggest Budget Gap In Scotland Of All 32 CouncilsThumbnail for article : Highland Council Has The Biggest Budget Gap In Scotland Of All 32 Councils
Todays Audit Scotland report Local government budgets 2024/25 reveals how dire council budgets are.   This makes many more cuts in services likely in coming years.  
3/5/2024
Councillors Agree To Utilise UK Shared Prosperity Fund To Support Castle Recruitment & TrainingThumbnail for article : Councillors Agree To Utilise UK Shared Prosperity Fund To Support Castle Recruitment & Training
Economy and Infrastructure Committee members today (2 May 2024) agreed to direct £100K from the Council's share of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) to fund a new staff training programme at the Inverness Castle Experience.   The funding will enable the project team to provide specialist visitor attraction training to young people identified through partners at Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) and the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).  
3/5/2024
Success Of Highland Council's In-house Bus Service Pilot Is HighlightedThumbnail for article : Success Of Highland Council's In-house Bus Service Pilot Is Highlighted
The Highland Council's In-House bus service pilot project was launched in January 2023.   The success of its first year of operation in delivering savings and creating a valued and reliable service was highlighted at today’s Economy and Infrastructure Committee.  
3/5/2024
Committee Gives Green Light To Active Travel And Road Safety Work
At the Highland Council Economy and Infrastructure Committee.  (Thursday 2 May 2024) Members had the opportunity to review the work the Council is doing to progress active travel and improve road safety before approving the next steps.  
3/5/2024
Highland Councillors Agree Community Regeneration Support For Communities To Continue
At the meeting of the Economy and Infrastructure Committee members had the opportunity to review the last two years of the Community Regeneration Funding Programme before agreeing changes to how the 2024/25 programme will be delivered.   Committee Chair, Cllr Ken Gowans said: "Following a successful two years, it is a good time to review what has gone well and what can be done better so we can continue to build on success, and seamlessly move the focus onto how best to support the delivery of projects." "With 279 live projects and over £6million of committed funds still to be claimed, there is no doubt as to the value and impact of the programme's potential.  
3/5/2024
Economy And Infrastructure Committee Approve Council's Draft Ecology Strategy And Action Plan
Members of Highland Council's Economy and Infrastructure Committee today (2 May 2024) approved the local authority's draft Ecology Strategy and Action Plan which will now move forward to an 12-week public consultation.   The Ecology Strategy sets out an ambitious set of actions to tackle biodiversity loss and address the ecological emergency.  
2/5/2024
Highland Reports Achieving Priorities On Local Housing Strategy
The Housing and Property Committee met on Wednesday 1 May 2024 and noted the Housing Service performance report 2023/24 that met the agreed priorities and associated initiatives in the Local Housing Strategy 2023-2028.   The report highlighted a number of achievements in 2023/24 in increasing housing supply.  
1/5/2024
Highland Council Appoints 3 Assistant Chief ExecutivesThumbnail for article : Highland Council Appoints 3 Assistant Chief Executives
Kate Lackie, Malcolm MacLeod and Allan Gunn have been appointed as Assistant Chief Executives with The Highland Council.   Convener of the Council, Cllr Bill Lobban said: "I am delighted to say that Kate Lackie, Malcolm MacLeod and Allan Gunn have been appointed as Assistant Chief Executives with The Highland Council.  
20/4/2024
The Axe Falls As Highland Council Management Restructures To Save £310,000Thumbnail for article : The Axe Falls  As Highland Council Management Restructures To Save £310,000
As intimated in Highland Council's budget plan, a new senior management structure is to be implemented following approval by Council 14th March.  It reconfigures the senior management team into two layers, rather than three and brings Highland Council into line with other benchmarked authorities.  
16/4/2024
Apprenticeships Offer Earning Opportunities Alongside Learning In Refurbishment Of Historic ParkThumbnail for article : Apprenticeships Offer Earning Opportunities Alongside Learning In Refurbishment Of Historic Park
Today, Morrison Construction introduced some of their local apprentices who are working on the UK Governments' Levelling Up Funded refurbishment project at the Northern Meeting Park in Inverness.  All these apprentices have been recruited from the Highland area.  
13/4/2024
Independent Candidate Wins Inverness South Bi-electionThumbnail for article : Independent Candidate Wins Inverness South Bi-election
The by-election to elect a councillor to represent Ward 19 - Inverness South on The Highland Council has been won by Duncan Cameron McDonald - Independent who was one of the eight candidates who contested the vacancy.   Voters in the ward went to the poll yesterday (Thursday 11 April) and the by-election count was held this morning in The Highland Council Headquarters in Inverness.  
10/4/2024
Technology Placement Programme In Highland
The Technology Placement Programme offers funding to businesses in the Highland Council area to cover up to 70% of the cost of employing a student or graduate.   The Technology Placement Programme offers funding to businesses in the Highland Council area to cover up to 70% of the cost of employing a student or graduate.  
3/4/2024
Council Announces Extra Digital Funding To Support Highland BusinessesThumbnail for article : Council Announces Extra Digital Funding To Support Highland Businesses
Following the success of its Business Digital Grant scheme launched last year, The Highland Council is delighted to announce further funding.  This is to help Highland companies access digital support alongside other business growth support.